Tuesday, 2 December 2008

CPSA 17th Annual International Exhibition - Call for Entries #1

The Colored Pencil Society of America has called for entries for the 17th Annual International Exhibition 2009. In this post I'm going to provide the links to where you can find all the relevant information is posted on the CPSA website and blog

Then - in my second post later this week - I'll highlight some of the aspects you need to make a special note of if you would like to submit work to this open exhibition.

Remember - you don't need to be a member of CPSA to submit work to this exhibition!

The Prospectus and Exhibition Information is now posted on the website as a pdf file. The prospectus includes specifications for show entry and workshop and convention information. It's an 8 page document and needs to be read very thoroughly.

Here are the key dates for next year's calendar or wall chart!
  • Closing date for entry: 11:59 p.m. (Mountain Time) 31st March 2009
  • Notification of selection: 2nd May 2009
  • Period for shipping artwork: 17th - 24th June 2009
  • Final jury and awards selection: 1st July 2009 (telephone notification begins 2nd July)
  • Exhibition dates: 9th July to 29th August 2009
  • Convention dates: 29th July - 1st August 2009
Venue: The Exhibition will be held at the Jacqueline C. Hudgens Center for the Arts 6400 Sugarloaf Parkway, Bldg. 300, Duluth, Georgia 30097.

Arrangements for the exhibition and convention are hosted by District Chapter 107 Atlanta.

The Juror: Graham C. Boettcher. He is The Wm Cary Hulsey Curator of American Art at the Birmingham Museum of Art in Alabama

These are the relevant pages on the CPSA website which it's a good idea to bookmark:
Digital Entry: All entries must be digital and these are some documents which can help you with your digital entry.
Finally, this is a link to yesterday's post on the CPSA News Blog - 17th Annual CPSA Exhibition - It’s Time to Prepare Your Entry! Deadline March 31, 2009.

Do let me know if you have any queries before the next post.

Thursday, 27 November 2008

A portrait of an eminent man - in coloured pencils

Last week Ann Holden, the Editor of the UKCPS Newsletter "Talking Point", was introduced to HRH the Duchess of Cornwall at the unveiling of Ann's portrait in coloured pencils of Emeritus Professor Leslie Vaughan DSc DVR FRCVS, a very eminent and long-serving member of the veterinary profession.

The portrait was commissioned by the Royal Veterinary College to mark the opening of the new wing of the Queen Mother Hospital for Small Animals at Potters Bar by the Duchess of Cornwall and Professor Vaughan's role in originally instigating the project. The hospital is one of the largest veterinary teaching hospitals in the UK.

As an ex-vet herself, Ann was thrilled to receive the commission especially as the commissioning committee had originally intended that the portrait should be in oil. Her veterinary background also enabled her to add some relevant background, as she knew that her subject had been an orthopaedic surgeon. Sadly, Professor Vaughan died the week before the new wing was opened.

Ann completed the portrait using coloured pencils (mainly Faber Castell Polychromos with some Derwent Coloursoft) on Fabriano Artistico HP. The framed size is about 28 in x 33 in.

Note: Members can contact Ann at any time with items for the newsletter. (Click the title in the link for the email address)

Wednesday, 26 November 2008

8th UKCPS Annual International Open Exhibition 2009 - key dates

This is an early alert about the key dates for the 8th UKCPS Annual International Open Exhibition which comprises 100% pure coloured pencil art.

Another picture from the UKCPS Annual Exhibition 2008 at Bristol
copyright Felicity Grace and used with kind permission

The formal Call for Entries, with full details including notice of changes to the conditions of entry previously announced, will be published in March 2009 - in Talking Point (the UKCPS newsletter sent to all members), on the UKCPS website and on this blog.

However, for those of you who plan ahead and are beginning to mark up next year's calendars and diaries with important dates, here are the key dates you need to make a note of if you're thinking about entering next year's exhibition.
  • Exhibition dates: Monday 21st September to Saturday 3rd October 2009
  • Closing date for entry: Wednesday June 24th 2009
  • Handing in day: Sunday 20th September 2009
In 2009, the exhibition will be held at the gallery of the Royal Birmingham Society of Artists, 4 Brook Street, Birmingham B3 1SA. The number of entries selected and hung in 2008 was limited by the size of the gallery in Bristol. However, the Executive have fortunately anticipated the growing enthusiasm for coloured pencils and in 2009 the annual open exhibition will be held in a much larger gallery.

As usual, there will be a number of awards and prizes (details to be announced with the formal Call for Entries), however UKCPS is pleased to acknowledge and announce that the major sponsor for next year's exhibition will be Derwent.

Just to recap, there will be an announcement on this blog when the formal Call for Entries is available on the website. Details will also be sent separately to all members.

In the meantime, if you have any queries you should contact Pat Heffer, the Exhibitions Secretary. Pat's contact details are available on the website (Click the 'email' next to the Exhibition Secretary title to get the email address).

Friday, 21 November 2008

Reflections on Art Materials Live 2008

Here's a report from Rachel Stirling - who did a splendid job of organising the UKCPS Stand and volunteers for the Art Materials Live event at the NEC.
The boxes are packed, the pictures returned, the pencils sorted (thank you Peter) and the aching muscles tended for another year.

Art Materials Live was as usual a mad, cheerful rush of an event.

It was good to see so many old friends and to make some new ones. Several artists demonstrated with us for the first time this year and I hope will return again in the future.

A big vote of Thanks to all of the volunteers who worked so hard to make this event come together…braving the cold, the crowds and the M6!

I can now happily announce that takings totalled £875.00 and that some of this will be returned to Artists shortly as profit from card sales. Other items that we found sold well this year included the “ Step by Steps” and the children’s Manga Competition. We were very lucky to have the prizes for the latter sponsored by Derwent and Hannemuhle…a very big thank you to them also.

We have managed yet again to raise the profile of coloured pencil as a Fine Art medium and, for the first time, this year I feel we have had some success in persuading the general public that to ignore the potential of CP is …well simply silly!

Now…back to the drawing board quite literally,


Monday, 17 November 2008

News from Art Materials Live #1

Art Materials Live at the NEC is over for another year.

This week I'm hoping to be able to post some photos and news from the last four days of life on the UKCPS stand at Art Materials Live 2008. However, I rather suspect that a number of the people who've made a major contribution this year might need a short break right now!

Gayle Mason demonstrating
on the UKCPS stand

at Art Materials Live 2008
copyright Bryan Mason

Fortunately, I've already heard from Gayle Mason who was demonstrating on two days - Thursday and Saturday.

Gayle has written about her experience and views about the event on her blog Demonstrating for the UKCPS at Art Materials Live.

I know Gayle met lots of people while demonstrating and enjoyed herself enormously - apart from one incident. Here's a short extract from her post........
Thursday was a major disaster for me as my husband managed to spill a full cup of coffee over the commission I was working on. Not only did the pristine white background suffer, so did my legs, feet and bag. I'd spent around 10 hours on the work up to the coffee incident so I was ever so slightly upset. However my husband was so sorry that he bought me the entire set of Luminance pencils so I recovered a little after that.
Gayle Mason (Fur in the Paint) - Demonstrating for the UKCPS at Art Materials Live
Do please let me know if you have
  • any photos of the event which are suitable for posting on the blog or
  • any comments about participating and/or visiting.

Friday, 14 November 2008

CPSA exhibitions - If you'd like to see one/enter one.....

CPSA - 16th Annual Exhibition

After a spate of posts about coloured pencil exhibitions, if you've ever wondered what ALL the artwork in the CPSA exhibition looks like - you can find out!

There is an opportunity to see all the CP artwork that was exhibited in CPSA's 16th Annual Exhibition in Seattle this summer on a DVD. The CPSA are producing a DVD of all the exhibition pieces which it states will be viewable through both TV and computer monitors provided both have access to a DVD player.

CPSA are also taking overseas orders. Please note the DVD will not be available until February 2009.

This post End of 16th Annual Exhibition - Order your DVD of the show on their blog Colored Pencil Society of America News outlines what to do if you're interested.


If you have been intending to submit work for jurying into CPSA's new online exhibition Explore This! 5 this is a gentle reminder that tomorrow (15th November 2009) is the deadline for online entries.

See Remember Deadline of 11/15/08 for Explore This! 5 Entries! for a reminder of and links to all the details.

Thursday, 13 November 2008

A new look for the UKCPS Blog

Welcome to a new look for the UKCPS Blog.

The existing template was causing problems when posting images or tables providing information. It also proved to be very inflexible in terms of making any adjustments to the width of the blog to better accommodate images. The actual design (rounded corners) meant any minor adjustments in width were totally impossible.

More than 80% of UKCPS blog readers should find the "new look" blog suits them much better. These are the ones who already have screens which are 1024 pixels wide (or more!) so that the blog now fills more of their screens and has much less wasted space either side.

It's also allowed me to increase the size of the font of the text which should make it much easier to read.

Those with very old monitor screens which are only 800 pixels wide will still be able to read the blog in its entirety but may need to scroll to read all the side column.

For those who are interested, the template is called 'stretch denim' and I've changed the colours so that it echoes the blue, green and red of the UKCPS logo.

Do let me know what you think of the new look.

Sunday, 9 November 2008

Who's going to be at Art Materials Live?

These are the UKCPS members (and a spouse or two) who are going to be at Art Materials Live Event at the National Exhibition Centre next week (see UKCPS at 'Art Materials Live' next week for more details). They'll be:
  • staffing the UKCPS stand,
  • helping out with the workshop and
  • demonstrating the use of coloured pencils on the UKCPS stand.
Gayle Mason and feline friends demonstrating on the UKCPS stand
at Art Materials Live 2007
copyright UKCPS blogmaster

A very special thanks to Suzy Herbert UKCPS, Rachel Stirling and Peter Woof UKCPS who are planning to be there on all four days. Both Suzy and Peter won prizes at the recent UKCPS Annual Exhibition in Bristol (see UKCPS Annual Exhibition 2008 - Award Winners)

Thanks also to all those who will be helping out in whatever capacity - with a special mention for all those who are planning to be there on more than one day.

Thursday 13th
Friday 14th
Saturday 15th
Sunday 16th
Suzy Herbert Suzy Herbert Suzy Herbert Suzy Herbert
Rachel Stirling Rachel Stirling Rachel Stirling Rachel Stirling
Peter Woof Peter Woof Peter Woof Peter Woof
Diana Connor
Diana Connor Diana Connor
Peter Weatherill Peter Weatherill

Eleni McLoughlin Eleni McLoughlin

Pauline Longley
Pauline Longley
Gayle Mason
Gayle Mason
Bryan Mason
Bryan Mason

Will Johnson Will Johnson

Nick Baldwin Nick Baldwin
Audrey Weatherill Katrina Green Ann Holden Dave Richards

Mike McLoughlin Alan Wiltshire Dave Edwards

Margaret Edwards

Elizabeth Frearson

This is a great event for anybody who wants to get to know more about coloured pencils and/or about the UKCPS.

Plus even if you do know quite a bit about coloured pencils it's still really good to see how other people approach their coloured pencil artwork! For example, Gayle Mason had lots of questions to field last year when demonstrating how to use pastelbord to produce coloured pencil work which doesn't require any mount or glass when framing.

Here's a note about some of the interests and different ways of working of the people who will be there.
  • Gayle Mason has developed her work on pastelbord, colourfix and film
  • Pauline Longley works on drafting film
  • Peter Weatherill likes to work CP over watercolour washes
  • Diana Connor is a botanical artist
  • Peter Woof enjoys working with still life subjects
  • Margaret Edwards (also a prizewinner this year) enjoys portraying cats as does Gayle Mason
  • Dave Richards prefers to draw landscapes.
  • Alan Wiltshire's produces abstract geometric shapes which follow mathematical models
So, as you can see, there's lots of different subjects and varied ways of working.

Hint - Please can everybody remembers to take lots of photos for the blog! :)

Saturday, 8 November 2008

Check out the blogroll thumbnails

Blogger now has a function which really enhances the blogroll (list of blogs) for all blogs using the Blogger software. It now allows us to see:
  • the blog title
  • a thumbnail of the image in the most recent post
  • the title of the most recent post
  • and a note of how long ago the blog was updated
It's set up so that the most recent post is always at the top.

If you're visiting the UKCPS blog why not check out the blogroll? It's now a lot easier to see whether there is anything which is likely to be of any interest to you.

Also, if you are a UKCPS member and have a blog which is not included in the blogroll then please let me know and I'll add it in to the members' blogroll. (Note this facility is available to UKCPS members only).

This week I've added in Rachel Stirling's new blog called Fine Art In Focus.

Note: The two thumbnails in this post are from:

Tuesday, 4 November 2008

UKCPS at 'Art Materials Live' next week

Visitors to the UKCPS Stand at Art Materials Live 2007

UKCPS will be at the Art Materials Live Show at the National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham next week. The show is on in Halls 10 and 11 from 13th-16th November 2008 and is open from 09.30am - 17.30pm (Sun 17.00).

UKCPS would very much like to encourage anyone interested in viewing coloured pencil work to come and visit us at the UKCPS stand. The images in this post are from last year's show.

Suzy Herbert UKCPS
demonstrating how she works
at Art Materials 2007

Features of the UKCPS presence are
  • a wide range of talented UKCPS members who will be demonstrating how they work
  • an opportunity to try a wide variety of different pencil brands and discuss them with artists that use them on a daily basis.
  • a dynamic gallery of coloured pencil artwork (changed daily)
  • a childrens colouring competition for the Art Materials live show.
The children's colouring competition involves a selection of Manga drawings to be coloured in at home and then posted back to UKCPS. The prize will be a a Derwent Manga drawing boxed set.

Watch out for my next post on this important art materials event when I'll be indicating who is demonstrating each day

Peter Weatherill with a group of interested people
Art Materials Live 2007

Art Materials Live is a super opportunity to find out about coloured pencils, watch how people work and ask any of those niggling questions that you don't know the answer to.

Plus it's also an excellent opportunity to stock up with art supplies which are difficult to find and/or take advantage of art supplies at discount prices - I went home with two electric sharpeners last year!

For further information:

Sunday, 2 November 2008

UKCPS Annual Exhibition 2008 - A note of thanks

More pictures from the UKCPS Annual Exhibition 2008 at Bristol
copyright Felicity Grace and used with kind permission

As each Annual Exhibition comes to an end it's time to note the thanks that are due to all those people who helped to make it happen.

Thanks to....

First and foremost, thanks are due of course to everyone who entered a picture for the competition - both UKCPS members and non-members. It goes without saying that there is no exhibition without all of you!

After the members the next most important person to thank in terms of making the Exhibition happen is Pat Heffer UKCPS, the Exhibition Director, who kindly provided me with the notes for the content of this blog post - but not the next few sentences! Putting on an exhibition each year is a massive exercise for any art society. It starts with first meetings with a gallery, continues through the maintenance of lots of administrative records and provision of support to members and non-members who are trying to get their entries right and in on time. Then images and support need to be provided to the three jurors. Plus a team of people need to be recruited and organised who also make very important contributions to making it all happen - as indicated below. Pat is very committed to the exhibition doing well and spends a lot of time each year making sure it is a success.

Thanks to the three jurors who reviewed and rated all the entries to the competition. Janie Gildow CPSA, RWA New Gallery curator Neil Murison Hon RWA, and Hannelore Warning, Group Product Manager, Art and Graphics, Faber Castell Ltd. Prizewinners were selected after the pictures had been hung in the Gallery by Neil Murison Hon RWA, assisted by appropriate judges for the awards given by individuals.

Thanks to Faber Castell, the 2008 exhibition sponsors. Faber-Castell's sponsorship enabled the society to exhibit at the Royal West of England Academy. Marion and Mike Bray, the UK distributors of Faber-Castell travelled to Bristol for the Private View and were very enthusiastic about the exhibition and spent a long time studying every picture.

Thanks to all those providing awards - Faber Castell, Staedtler, Derwent, Caran d'Ache, Legion paper (Stonehenge), Lyra and UKCPS members President Ann James Massey SWA KA CPSA UKCPS, Founder Bob Ebdon UKCPS, Chairman Peter Weatherill UKCPS and Sophie Roger .

Thanks to the Royal West of England Academy and the New Gallery. Gallery staff were very helpful especially Neil Murison, the Curator of the New Gallery, Peter Swan and Tanya Wildgoose.

More pictures from the UKCPS Annual Exhibition 2008 at Bristol
copyright Felicity Grace and used with kind permission

The UKCPS Exhibition could not happen at all without the very special team of people of UKCPS members and helpers (and their families) who help Pat and make an important contribution to its success.
  • Thanks to Dave Richards UKCPS, who provides advice and valued support to Pat. Pat tells me that in principle Dave's main role is supposed to be running the Keswick Exhibition each year but that in reality he actually does a great deal more than that. For this year's Annual Exhibition thanks are due to Dave for designing the beautiful invitations and posters, writing all the picture labels and preparing the catalogue for printing.
  • Thanks to all those who have helped transport juried entries from around the UK to and from the exhibition. Special mention to Roland Hall and his wife, Peter Woof UKCPS, Robin Borrett UKCPS and to Pat Heffer and her family who are all involved with storing and transporting a significant number of the exhibits. A very great deal of time also goes into wrapping and unwrapping pictures and posting back all those pictures which can't be transported
  • Thanks to Jan Wilson who provided a demonstration on two days at the exhibition. This involved travelling from Maidstone and a four hour journey both ways.
  • Thanks to Bob Ebdon who despite being officially 'retired' from UKCPS duties and not in the best of health created the special page on the website for the 'virtual' exhibition of all the exhibited entries.
I'll leave the final word to Pat
This is the first time we have held an exhibition in such a prestigious gallery. It was a great success and I felt a bit like a mother hen with her babies! We certainly opened people's eyes to what can be achieved with coloured pencils and promoted both the society and our favoured medium.....I look forward to Birmingham next year with a little trepidation but with a lot of enthusiasm!

Thursday, 30 October 2008

Carol Bramley UKCPS wins the People's Vote

The UKCPS Annual Exhibition closed on Tuesday. The final prize to be awarded for this year's Exhibition is the People's Vote. This is awarded on the basis of the public votes cast in the exhibition. 228 people in total voted for which picture they liked the best and 54 of the 63 pictures received at least one vote.

Congratulations to the artists whose artwork achieved the top ten. The names of the artists, the title of the picture and the number of votes they received are as follows:

1. Carol Bramley UKCPS, 'Black Watch', 22 votes
2. Alastair Howie, 'Victoria Street Edinburgh', 17 votes

Victoria Street, Edinburgh by Alastair Howie
18cm x 34cm, prismacolor on Arches, NFS

3. Peter Hoehsl, 'Facing the Enemy', 15 votes
4. Richard Childs UKCPS, 'Out to Grass', 14 votes
5. Felicity Grace, 'Paul', 10 votes
6. Nicole Caulfield, 'Rob', 9 votes
7. Pauline Longley, 'Floss', 8 votes
8. Kate Clarke, 'Me me, You me'; Margaret Edwards, 'Watching and Waiting' and Bev Lewis UKCPS, 'Bad Hair Day' - all received 7 votes

Please note that the images in this post are all those works in the top ten which haven't been previously featured on this blog in either
Pat Heffer, Honorary Secretary of UKCPS and the Exhibition Director commented about each of the popular pictures as follows
Carol Bramley was the only artist to achieve full marks from all 3 of our entry judges and also won the first prize so it was very appropriate that she should also receive the public vote award.

Poor Alastair Howie forgot to take his pictures to the gallery at the correct time, missing out on the main judging so I was especially pleased to see that he came second in the Public vote.

The eyes in Peter Hoehsol's picture 'Facing the enemy' followed you round the gallery...it should have been called the 'Mona Lisa Cat'!...and the way in which he had drawn the fur was amazing.

Richard Childs won Ann Kulberg's on-line competition, 'From my Perspective' with 'Out to Grass' so it is very appropriate that the public put him high in the list.

Paul by Felicity Grace, 30cm x 42cm, Cretacolor Aqua Monoliths on Cartridge NFS

Felicity Grace came to the Private view all the way from Geneva, where she lives. It was lovely to be able to meet her and her brother Paul who is the subject of her picture.

Rob by Nicole Caulfield, 28cm x 34cm, Faber Castell Polychromos on Fisher 400, NFS

Nicole Caulfield's picture 'Rob' was a UK commission and a truly beautiful portrait; I was delighted that the public thought so too.

Pauline Longley's 'Floss' just made you laugh! The title is so appropriate too! A brilliant picture!

Kate Clarke's 'Me me, You me' is a fantastic concept; do have a look at it if you have not done so already. She also entered 'The Art of Communication' which once again caused a lot of dialogue at the exhibition because it conveyed so much meaning. Where does she get her ideas from?

Margaret Edwards picture 'Watching and Waiting' was sold at the very last minute! A lady walked in just as we were packing everything up, spotted Margaret's picture, asked us not to wrap it for 10 minutes, came back in again and promptly bought it! Mind you I am not at all surprised as it is a most beautiful study of a cat 'waiting.'

Bev Lewis' 'Bad Hair day' is of course fantastic...a picture I would love to hang on my wall, but unfortunately it was NFS

Wednesday, 22 October 2008

Prizes for Peter Woof UKCPS and Suzy Herbert UKCPS

Kew Waterlilies 1 by Peter Woof

Congratulations to UKCPS Signature Members Peter Woof and Suzy Herbert who both received highly commended awards for their work which was juried into the 87th Annual Open Exhibition of the Society of Graphical Fine Art
  • The Award for a Highly Commended Drawing (Sponsored by Stabilo) Kew Waterlilies 1 by Peter Woof
  • The Award for a Highly Commended Work in Monochrome (Sponsored by STABILO) - The Generation Gap by Suzy Herbert.
The exhibition was held at the Menier Gallery between 30th September and 11th October.

Frank Kiely, the prize-winning fine art printmaker and a Council Member of the Royal Society of Painter Printmakers was invited by the SGFA to award the prizes. I was talking to Frank last week and he told me how it took him three hours to decide how to allocate the various awards as the standard of work was so high. You can see Peter and Suzy's work, along with that of the other award winners by scrolling down the page on the home page of the SGFA website

Readers of this blog will recall that both Peter and Suzy also won prizes at this year's UKCPS Annual Exhibition as well (see UKCPS Annual Exhibition 2008 - Award Winners). This exhibition finishes next Tuesday and if you've not seen it yet you can find details of how to visit in 7th Annual Open International Exhibition 2008 and AGM.

If you are a UKCPS member, do please let me know if you've won a prize for your art or received a commendation in a juried exhibition with another art society.

Thursday, 9 October 2008

Works selected for UKCPS Annual Exhibition 2008

A view of some of the works in the exhibition

The works - and artists - selected for exhibition in the UKCPS Annual International Open Exhibition in 2008 are listed below.

Click the image below to see a complete list of members and the titles of all accepted works. Members may submit and have up to three works selected.

You can see other related posts about the 2008 exhibition below.


Wednesday, 8 October 2008

UKCPS - new signature members

The initials UKCPS after a member's name indicates that they are Signatory members of the United Kingdom Coloured Pencil Society, having had pictures exhibited in three exhibitions within a five year period.

crowds at the Private View,
7th Annual Exhibition

indicate Silver Signature status - pictures accepted in 5 exhibitions in 10 years - and UKCPS indicates Gold status - pictures accepted in 10 exhibitions in 15 years.

(Note - the colour is normally only used on the UKCPS website to denote the status of different members exhibiting)

New Signature Members

UKCPS members who gained signature status with this year's exhibition are as follows:
Silver Signature status

UKCPS members who managed to achieve silver signature status when their entries were selected for this year's exhibition are:
You can see their work on the 2008 Annual Exhibition page of the UKCPS website. Links in members names are to their member's gallery or website.

Tomorrow, the post will be about the names of artists whose work was selected for the Annual Exhibition.

Tuesday, 7 October 2008

UKCPS Annual Exhibition 2008 - Highly Commended

Today, UKCPS News features those artists whose work has been awarded a Highly Commended Certificate in UKCPS's 7th Annual Open International Exhibition 2008.

They are listed in alphabetical order below. Links are to UKCPS members' galleries (where applicable) or the artist's website.
Please remember that the copyright to each image belongs to the artist and they should not be downloaded without written permission.
Richard Childs 'Journey's End' and 'Out to Grass'

Margaret Edwards
'Bertie's daydream' (left)
Pamela Green 'Grandma's Garden' (right)

Alastair Howie 'Calle Mercaderes, Cuba' (left)
Roger Lewis 'Fascination' (right)

Pauline Longley 'Floss' (left)
Jonathan Newey 'Scruffy' (right)

Elizabeth Riordon
'Sunrise Amaryllis' (left)
Peter Woof 'Red Cloth' (right)

Each artist will be receiving a pack of 20 mixed sheets of Rising Stonehenge paper from Legion Paper plus a pad of Stonehenge paper.

All the works on display in the exhibition can now be seen on the 2008 Annual Exhibition page on the website. These provide more details about each work and, if you click the image, you can see a larger image of the work.

Tomorrow, the blog will be featuring those UKCPS members who have achieved signature status or a change in their signature status.


Monday, 6 October 2008

UKCPS Annual Exhibition 2008 - Award Winners

The artists and works winning Awards were formally announced at the Private View for UKCPS's 7th Annual Open International Exhibition 2008 in Bristol yesterday.

All the Award winners were selected by Neil Murison, the Curator of the New Gallery of the Royal West of England Academy where the exhibition is being held.

Faber Castell Award for Best in Show (£400.00)
UKCPS Annual Open International Exhibition 2008
"Facing the Enemy" by Peter Höhsl
coloured pencil, 29 x 21cm,

UKCPS Award for Reserve Best in Show (£300.00)
"Black Watch" by Carol Bramley
coloured pencil, 23 x 16" (framed 36 x 31cm) £425

The Presidents Award (£100)
'Night's Agents' by Nicole Caulfield
coloured pencil, 28 x 36cm (43 x 50cm) £3,200

The Founder's Award for Best UK entry (£100)
'Bad Hair Day' by Bev Lewis
coloured pencil, 26 x 20 cm (42 x 32cm framed) Not For Sale

The Staedtler Award (£100)
'Green Plate' by Peter Woof
13 x 19 cm (39 x 46cm framed) £665

The Derwent Award (£100 voucher Derwent catalogue products)
'Me me, You me' by Kate Clarke
coloured pencil, 27 x 43cm (41 x 57cm framed) £320

The Chairman's Award for Best Landscape (£75)
'View of Torquay' by Galini Dimitriadou
coloured pencil, 30 x 40cm (45 x 55cm framed) £535

Sophie's award for the most innovative entry (£50)
'Self Portrait II' by Suzy Herbert

coloured pencil, 25 x 59cm (35 x 70cm framed) £350

The Caran D'Ache Award (presentation box of pencils)
'Watching and Waiting' by Margaret Edwards
coloured pencil, 41 x 31cm (54 x 64cm framed) £350

The Lyra Award (presentation box of pencils)
'Dry skull Ranch' by Elizabeth Riordon
coloured pencil, 35 x 45cm (51 x 61cm framed) Not For Sale

Links are to members galleries on the UKCPS website or their own websites.
Please remember that the copyright to each image belongs to the artist and they should not be downloaded without written permission.
Peoples Vote: This will be awarded at the end of October after the exhibition closes on 28th October. This award is based on the number of votes each work receives.

Sponsors and judges

UKCPS very much appreciates the support it has received from:
Exhibition details

Later today, the UKCPS website will have a new page displaying all the works in the exhibition. I'll provide a link in this post once the new page has been published.

If you want to visit the exhibition you can find it for the next three weeks in the New Gallery of the Royal West of England Academy, Queens Road, Clifton, Bristol BS8 1PX. It's open until Tuesday 28th October. Opening hours on Monday to Saturday are from 10.00am - 5.30pm and on Sunday it's open in the afternoon from 2.00-5.00pm. Last admission is half an hour before closing.

For further details see this post 7th Annual Open International Exhibition 2008 and AGM.

Works for sale

All works are for sale unless otherwise indicated. Shipping and associated insurance costs are not included in the purchase price.

All sales of work in the exhibition are managed by the RWA Gallery. Purchases can be paid for by cash, cheque or credit card or interest-free credit (the latter involves using the Own Art Scheme). Payments are made direct to the RWA. All enquiries about purchasing without visiting the Gallery must be directed to the RWA Gallery. If you have any other enquiries please contact Pat Heffer, the Exhibition Director (right click to copy the email address).

...and there's more to follow

This week I'm highlighting different groups of people in the entries over the next few days:
  • Tuesday: Highly Commended entries to the exhibition
  • Wednesday: UKCPS Members awarded signature status as a result of their acceptance into this year's exhibition
  • Thursday: List of Works and Artists selected for the exhibition.

Saturday, 4 October 2008

7th Annual Open International Exhibition 2008 and AGM

UKCPSA Private View Invitation
'Black Watch' by Carol Bramley, Coloured Pencil 23 x 16cm

Yesterday, the 7th UKCPS Annual Open Exhibition opened at the New Gallery of the Royal West of England Academy in Bristol,

This year the Exhibition attracted a total of 152 entries from 74 people in 11 different countries! This is a huge increase on previous years. The number of entries was up 30% while the number of people entering increased by a massive 42%! However, it's also very pleasing to record that the the standard of entries received has also been very high as already indicated by Pat Heffer, Exhibition Director, in September's Talking Point.

The three jurors who selected which works would be hung in this year's exhibition were:
Private View and Prizewinners

Members will be aware from the website, the September edition of Talking Point and the Private View invitation that you will have recently received (see top) that you were all invited to attend the Private View tomorrow afternoon (5th October) between 2pm to 5pm.

Final decisions about the complete list of prizewinners are being made tomorrow morning and then the prizewinners will be announced:
  • at the Private View on Sunday 5th October
  • in a post on this blog on Monday morning.
The website is also being updated with images of the work being hung and will feature the prizewinners after they are announced. I'll let you know on this blog when the new page is published.

UKCPS very much appreciates the support it has received from this year's three excellent jurors and Faber Castell, the sponsors of this year's exhibition and the manufacturers of Polychromos artists´ colour pencils and Albrecht Durer artists´ watercolour pencils.

Gallery opening and sales

The exhibition runs until Tuesday 28th October. It's open Monday to Saturday from 10.00am - 5.30pm. On Sunday it's open in the afternoon from 2.00-5.00pm. Last admission is half an hour before closing.

Most works in the exhibition are for sale. The RWA are approved by the Arts Council England to run the scheme called Own Art which helps people to make the purchase of art more affordable. See this page for more information.

Getting to the Gallery

The exhibition is in the New Gallery of the Royal West of England Academy, Queens Road, Clifton, Bristol BS8 1PX.

Click here for directions to Royal West of England Academy. It is expected that parking will not be a problem as there is free on street parking in the streets around the Academy. People coming by train are warned that the station is quite a distance from the Academy.

Annual General Meeting

Just a reminder to all UKCPS members that, as previously notified, they are all invited to the AGM which is being held tomorrow Sunday 5th October in the New Gallery of the Royal West of England Academy in Bristol starting at 10.00am.

Please refer to the Chairman's article in the last edition of Talking Point which refers to some of the matters which will be discussed tomorrow.

Please note that it's expected that there will be at least an hour's break between the AGM and the start of the Private View when the winners will be announced.

Note: The Royal West of England Academy is one of only five Royal Academies of Art in the UK. It is a registered charity which has been self-supporting for over 150 years and possesses an outstanding Grade II* listed building, galleries and permanent fine art collection


Thursday, 25 September 2008

Botanical Illustration by Valerie Oxley

Valerie Oxley is a member of both UKCPS and the Society of Botanical Artists and specialises in botanical illustration.

She also teaches across the UK and this week saw the publication of her long awaited book Botanical Illustration. This will be particularly welcomed by Valerie's past and present students who have been urging her to write about the subject for many years!

Botanical Illustration by Valerie Oxley
Crowood Press (September 2008)

Valerie's botanical art credentials are impressive. Valerie developed the Diploma in Botanical illustration at the University of Sheffield, Department of Lifelong Learning (TILL). She's also the Vice-Chairman of the Northern Society for Botanical Art and the Chairman of the Florilegium Society at Sheffield Botanical Gardens.

Her new book has been written for students of botanical art - for those new to this aspect of art as well as for those with some experience wishing to develop their expertise. It deals with the practicalities of botanical art and the related botany of the subject and covers the following topics:
  • the history of botanical illustration,
  • the botany of plants and flowers,
  • materials and equipment,
  • preparation of plant material,
  • observation techniques,
  • starting to draw,
  • developing tonal studies,
  • preparing to paint,
  • colour theory,
  • painting techniques,
  • what to paint and how to paint,
  • alternative media including coloured pencil techniques,
  • correcting mistakes and
  • finishing touches
  • photography and computers.
If you're interested I'd recommend you take a peek inside the book by using the Search Inside facility on the Amazon website.

It is also very well illustrated with over two hundred colour illustrations by over fifty artists, including a full page illustration of Carlina involucrata by UKCPS member Eleni Mcloughlin and coloured pencil drawings by Susan Christopher Coulson, Vivienne Brown, Jane Cowan, Helena Anderson and, of course, Valerie herself!

Coloured pencil matters and techniques which are covered include dry and water resistant coloured pencil techniques, pen with coloured pencil (and Eleni's illustration), Papers, Drafting Film, Erasers, Pencil Sharpeners, Blenders, Indenters, Embossers and colours that resist, removing coloured pigment, use of the grisaille approach and dealing with wax bloom. There is an eight point suggested "working method" and finally a bit about fixative and storage and a mention of water soluble pencils.

You can also find out more details about Valerie's workshops on the Workshops page of the UKCPS website. This also provides details of courses run by all other UKCPS members who teach - or at least the ones UKCPS has been told about! ;)

Book Details: Botanical Illustration, The Crowood Press, (September 2008) ISBN 978-1-84797-051-0

Thursday, 18 September 2008

CPSA invite contributions to Explore This! 5

Entry to the CPSA Explore This! 5 exhibition in 2009 is open to all living artists over the age of 18 regardless of geographical location.

Coloured pencil artists are likely to be interested in changes that CPSA have introduced to their Explore This! exhibition, which encourages artists to explore the use of coloured pencil in combination with a range of materials. You can read more about these in:
Key points are that:
  • as announced on this blog at the end of August (CPSA Blog plus changes to CPSA Exhibitions) the Explore This! exhibition will in future be annual and online only
  • all entries must be digital images submitted via the CaFE website
  • all entries must have some element which breaks the rules of the CPSA International Exhibition
  • acceptance into three shows within a 10 year period will earn a new signature designation, called CPX, for a CPSA member/artist
  • the top three winners in Explore This! 5 will be invited to ship their work to the 17th Annual CPSA International Exhibition for display
All questions relating to the exhibition should be addressed to Paula Parks, CPSA Exhibition Director. Deadline for entries is November 15th 2008.


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